History, formerly known as The History Channel, is an international satellite and cable TV channel that broadcasts both largely fictional and non-fictional historical programs, together with much alarmist speculation about the future (see 'Programming' and 'Criticism and evaluation', below). The History Channel was launched on January 1, 1995. The channel is owned by A&E Television Networks, a joint venture of Hearst Corporation, Disney-ABC Television Group (the Walt Disney Company), and NBC Universal (General Electric), and operates, in various forms, in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Poland, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania and Latin America. The network was also available in South Asia under a deal between STAR TV and AETN International until November 21, 2008. The channel has consistently produced prime time ratings in the U.S. comparable to or higher than the A&E Network itself.On February 16, 2008, a new logo was launched on the flagship American network. While keeping their trademark "H", the triangle shape on the left acts as a play button for animation and fly-outs during commercials and shows. On March 20, 2008, The History Channel dropping "The" and "Channel" parts of its name to become simply "History".